Tomorrow, April 20, there will be a unusual astronomical phenomenon. This is a rare hybrid solar eclipse, occurring only a few times in a century.
As we know, there are four types of eclipses: the partial, the total, the annular and the hybrid, which is the rarest and most infrequent in this list. And that’s what will happen tomorrow.
Types of eclipses: total (left), annular (center), partial (right).
A hybrid solar eclipse it is a combination of two other solar eclipses. In this case, the hybrid eclipse will begin with a total eclipsewhen the Moon completely covers the Sun, then only a visible “ring of fire” can be seen in the sky, an annular eclipse.
At some locations it will be seen as a total eclipse, while at others it will be annular, creating a unique experience for observers.
“A hybrid eclipse changes appearance as the Moon’s shadow rotates on the Earth’s surface,” the portal reported. time and date.
These types of eclipses are very rare, as they require very precise alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth. They only happen once every ten years.
Only seven of the 224 solar eclipses recorded so far in the 21st century are hybrids. The last such solar eclipse occurred in November 2013, over the Atlantic and part of Africa, while the next will be in 2031, over the Pacific Ocean.
Solar eclipse seen by a Masai warrior in Africa. Credit: Eugen Kamenew.
Where can we see the hybrid solar eclipse?
This particular astronomical phenomenon can be seen in the southern hemisphere of the Earth. The event can be observed from the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, Australia, Southeast Asia and Antarctica.
The path of the April solar eclipse will begin in the eastern Indian Ocean, cross Australia and end in the western Pacific.
full phase: It will be appreciated from a thin strip of surface 40 kilometers thick, which includes the western peninsula of Australia, East Timor and some islands of Indonesia and Micronesia.
annular phase: It will be seen throughout the province of Papua (Indonesia) and in Western Australia.
partial phase: Eastern Australia, northern New Zealand and much of Southeast Asian countries.
Animation showing the path of the eclipse on April 20. Credit: NASA/GSFC/AT Sinclair.
What time will the April 2023 solar eclipse be visible?
The maximum phase of the eclipse will be recorded at 4:16 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). The entire show should last just 1 minute and 16 seconds.
If you are not located in a place where the eclipse will be observed, you can see it through the platform’s live broadcast time and dateor the YouTube of JAR, which will broadcast from the Perth Observatory in Western Australia.
For a long time and for many ancient cultures, solar eclipses were considered inauspicious. However, today, science allows us to better understand these phenomena and enjoy them as unique and fascinating spectacles.
References: Scientific Alert / Space.
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